Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
Every year, on 21 June, the ERT National Symphony Orchestra celebrates the Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) by inviting audiences to a free concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
This year, in the first part of the evening, the orchestra will perform Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 under the baton of Michalis Economou. Dvořák composed the opera as a way od saying ‘thank you’ to the Prague Conservatoire for his election to the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts in 1890. Perhaps this explains why the symphony is full of joy and optimism, with the composer combining the typical parts of a symphony in an unusual manner, with many themes inspired by Bohemian traditions interspersed. In the second part, the chorus, under chorus master Agathangelos Georgakatos, will take us on a journey through popular operas, including Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Verdi’s Aida and Il trovatore, performing famous compositions, beloved not just by opera fans but by the public at large.
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
-Georges Bizet, Prelude, chorus and march (Act 4), from Carmen
-Richard Wagner, Bridal chorus, from Lohengrin
-Alexander Borodin, Polovtsian Dances, from Prince Igor
-Giacomo Puccini, The Humming Chorus, from the opera Madama Butterfly
-Giuseppe Verdi, Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves), from Nabucco
-Giuseppe Verdi, Coro di Zingari (Anvil Chorus), from Il trovatore
-Giuseppe Verdi, Triumphal March and Chorus, from Aida.
Chorus master: Agathangelos Georgakatos
Conductor: Michalis Economou
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. ERT National Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Michalis Economou. Works by Dvořák, Bizet, Wagner, Borodin, Puccini, Verdi.
To be announced.